B has now been sick twice this winter, and because of this I have learned a few things that I thought I’d share with you guys. Maybe these simple tricks can help you, too. They may seem obvious, but sometimes in the moment it’s hard to figure out what to do to help your poor little one feel better, I totally understand that.
Let Your Little One Make The Rules
Even though you probably love spending the day in bed when you’re sick, your toddler may just have a different idea of how to spend the day. I know B sure does! I can barely convince her to nap, let alone lay around in bed all day and rest, even when she is sick. Since she is sick this week I’ve let her watch her favourite shows, play with whatever she wants, and basically just enjoy the day however she wants to. I may not recommend going outside if your little one is really unwell or feverish, but for the most part your little one knows what their energy level is and will show you. If your little one is sluggish and just wants to snuggle and read, that’s okay! If they wanna run around, dance, and play.. that is okay, too!
snuggling and watching some tv
Spend Time Together
If you’re able to, adjust your schedule so you can spend as much time with your little one as possible. Cuddles, kisses, and being together can help speed up recovery as much as medicine! But of course you also put yourself at risk of becoming infected. Though most parents don’t mind taking that risk, I’m sure!!
Ease Medicine Taking
Two tips for helping medicine go down (not a spoonful of sugar!)..
- Try putting liquid medicine in the fridge. Sometimes it’s easier to go down when it’s cold.
- Mix medicine with foods like applesauce, yogurt, jello, or pudding. Just test first to make sure it’s something that your kiddo will eat so you don’t waste the medicine, of course.
You probably want to make sure your child is eating super healthy to try and combat their cold or flu, but they may not want to eat anything, or very little at all! As long as they eat, even a little bit, it doesn’t really matter what it is. A nutritious cereal for dinner, for example. I made B pancakes and I added banana to the mix and even some chocolate chips for a treat. She had NO interest. Watermelon is her favourite fruit, she didn’t want any. She usually loves pasta – nope. All she wanted was chicken and rice, or pb + j sammies. I wasn’t worried because I knew she was sick so the things she WAS eating, while still in very little amounts, were okay. I made sure she stayed super hydrated throughout the day. If your little one has a tummy bug or doesn’t want to eat anything, smoothies are great, or pedialyte/organic juice.
Odds are your little one is too young to understand proper nose-blowing, and even still, that doesn’t always clear up sinuses. A spritz of saline solution in each nostril a few times a day will help clear things out, while helping your child get better faster. It is also a good idea to have a cold humidifier in your child’s bedroom and/or your living area. Raw upper lip/nose/cheeks due to constant wiping and cold, dry air? Apply some coconut oil to the affected area to keep it moisturized. AND, if you haven’t tried essential oils (I’ll be talking about DoTerra on the blog very soon!) you could also scoop up some oils to defuse in the room to help rid the room of germs and clear up sinuses/infection.
When to Worry
I LOVE Parents.com (or my subscription to Today’s Parent) for information on the most basic of things when it comes to little ones. Here’s a great guide from Parents.com of when to worry when it comes to common health issues with infants and toddlers. Each issue has it’s own video – CLICK HERE to access the guide.
Some other fun things you can do to make sick toddlers feel better?
- build a big fort in the living room
- play with colouring books, stickers, and puzzles
- watch movies and listen to music
- dim the lights/close the curtains to help ease headaches and strain on eyes
- drink lots of fluids
- eat little bits throughout the day as opposed to 3 big meals
- give them medicine; if it’s antibiotics be sure to finish the whole course even if s/he seems better
- take a bubble bath together